What to plant - January

6th Jan 2022

Happy New Year and a very warm welcome back to the garden for the new year.

Summer is a great time of year to stop and to enjoy the fruits of the previous labour. On saying this, there is still much to be achieved in the summer garden.

Now is the time to plant french and climbing beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chinese cabbage, capsicum, cauliflower, celery, cress, cucumber, eggplant (advanced plants), leek, lettuce, spring onion, parsley, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, swede, silverbeet, turnip & sweet corn.

If your earlier plantings of dearly loved tomatoes are starting to show the fruits of your labour, once fruit have begin to set get cracking with a fertiliser enriched with potassium sulphate to ensure plentiful crops and added disease resistance.

Both sweetcorn and tomatoes are likely to be looking top heavy, so (if you haven't already) make sure you have adequate support for your plants and consider the benefit of an application of pea straw or sugar cane mulch to maintain ideal growth conditions.

  • Treat gardens, pots and hanging baskets with a plant and soil conditioner such as Seasol. This will help your plants cope with extreme summer conditions
  • Applying a water retention granule such as Saturaid to your soil or lawn can reduce water use by up to 50%. This will save on the water and make efficient use of the natural resource of summer rains.
  • Water Smart! It’s best to water first thing in the morning, to give your soil a chance to absorb the moisture before it gets too hot.
  • Top up your gardens with mulch, it looks great and helps with water retention.
  • Raise mower blades and avoid scalping your lawn. Scalping your lawn will encourage weeds to take hold and reduce the foliage protection to soil. Short grass effectively results in shallow lawn roots and grass with poor disease resistance.
  • Spray roses to control black spot and pick up fallen leaves around your roses.
  • Watch out for unwanted pests such as aphids, thrips and caterpillars. 
  • De-head and fertilise flowering plants such as fuchsias and geranium.
  • Harvest summer veggies regularly so they’ll continue produce more crops.
  • Cut back and feed annual flowers.

Pear and cherry slug is now attacking cherry, cotoneaster, pear, hawthorn and mountain ash. Control is effective with a low toxic solution of Spinosad by throwing lime or wood ash over the effective trees, this soaks up their mucus and works by drying the slugs out.